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How to tell if your gearbox linkages are causing fifth gear

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how to tell if your gearbox linkages are causing fifth gear to pop out
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Australia Car
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Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 6 months ago.

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It isn't likely that a linkage issue would cause the transmission to pop out of gear and a problem not be apparent, and it shouldn't cause a problem with a single gear. If it were a linkage issue then it would normally cause an issue with multiple gears.

If you have a linkage issue and it isn't fully engaging the transmission into fifth gear then that would definitely cause it to pop out. What you would need to do is check the shift cable end bushings both at the shifter and transmission for play and/or wear. If the bushings are worn or the cables are otherwise damaged then it won't fully move the arm at the trans to fully engage each gear.You can visually inspect and you can also have a helper move the shifter while you watch for play in the cables.